Get ahead – Canadian Visa for winter 2019

Calendar June 28th, 2018

Every year, gap year hopefuls from around the world position themselves so that when the pool opens, they are ready to apply for their Canadian working holiday visa. This is so they have the best possible chance of being invited to apply.

The pool opens at a similar time each year but the date itself is not publicised. Because of this, anyone interested in an internship program with EA Ski & Snowboard Training should be prepared and know what to expect when the Canadian working holiday visa pool opens. Let us run you through some of the more intricate details of this process...

What is the Canadian IEC Working Holiday Visa?

The IEC is the Canadian equivalent of a work visa, providing a temporary work permit to young people from 30+ countries. This is the legal right to work and live in Canada for a period of time. The period of time allocated varies between each individuals country of citizenship but it is generally for 12 to 24 months.

If you would like more information on the IEC participating countries, you can view that HERE.


The application process


The reason we emphasise being prepared to apply for the Canada working holiday visa early is because there are only a limited number of Canadian work visas available to citizens of different countries. For example, the United Kingdom received an allocation of 5000 visas in 2018 and the number of applications is always much higher than this.

Generally, the first batch release of visas begins in about November/December. So if you’re looking to head to Canada in the 2019/20 winter season, you could begin looking into your visa THIS November.

You will need to head to the Canadian immigration website to apply for the IEC Canada visa, you can find that HERE.

For more information on the Canadian visa process, check out our blog that runs through all of the steps to getting your Canadian working holiday visa.


I applied this year and didn’t get an invitation to apply

There will be many people in this boat right now as the quota for most countries has now run out. There are many each year that miss out on securing their working holiday visa. If you’re in that boat, you can reapply next time around – and because you’ve already seen how the process works you will have an upper hand and maybe even a better chance of securing it.

If this winter (2018/19) was your only window of time to complete a winter season in Canada, why don’t you join us on our instructor training programs in Lake Louise. No, you won’t be eligible to work but you will still have an epic winter season… AND you’ll walk away with an instructing certificate that you can take home with you and use to work as an instructor around the world.


Canada – the ultimate gap year location


Whether you’re looking to join one of our instructor internship programs in Canada for 2019/20 or a training program in 2018/19, we have a team of training consultants here at EA Ski & Snowboard Training that are there to guide you through your visa process and help you get sorted before you head out to your Canadian winter resort.

We’re here to help you get your instructor qualifications. If you want to understand how the instructor qualifications work more, then check out our certification guide HERE!

Canada is the ultimate gap year location – with destinations like the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Lake Louise, Vancouver, Tofino and the Icefields parkway dotted with glaciers, dazzling blue lakes and scenery. You will be spoilt with scenery and develop a thirst for exploration and adventure. It’s really no wonder the Canadian visa quota gets filled so quickly…

If you are interested in ski or snowboard instructor courses in Canada for 2019/20 download our Canada brochure or check out the Canada page.

If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our EA Ski & Snowboard Training Consultants +44 (0) 20 7193 2647 or by emailing [email protected] and we’ll be more than happy to help out.

Check out our interns on their Ski and Snowboard Instructor Courses during the 2017/18 winter season HERE